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Brite Beads Spirit River, Hot Beads Tungsten Beads

Bead head flies became popular on the alpine rivers of Northern Italy nearly a hundred years ago.  Glass beads were first used as weight to help sink flies which were originally fished along the bottom of local rivers with spinning rods and reels.  This method of fishing is still popular in the Tyrolean area today.  Roman Moser is credited with inventing the first brass bead-head flies that started a fly tying revolution world wide.  His unique style of flies were first tied in 1978.  They employed a pearl-gold plastic bead directly behind the eye of the hook.  They were especially productive for catching grayling.  To add more weight for fishing deeper, a brass bead replaced the plastic bead.  We first saw the Roman Moser fly patterns as they became available though Umpqua Feather Merchants in the mid-1980's.  They were an instant success on our local rivers and started a revolution in fly tying that continues today. Now beads are counter-bored so that they can more easily be placed on a hook.  The most popular beads are made from machined brass.  Beads made from tungsten are even heavier per size, but much more expensive.  Standard brass beads are now plated with gold, Nickel, black and copper colored finishes.  Beads coated with bright colored baked-on enamel are popular with salmon & steelhead anglers.  Beads have influenced the development and use of metal cone-heads and dumbbell shaped eyes.  Beads are here to stay as fly tying components. 


Brite Beads, Machined, Polished, Counter Bored Beads
These beads from Spirit River are highly polished for an attractive finish and are counter-bored to fit a wide range of hook sizes.  All beads are machined from brass and plated, except for the copper beads which are machined from real copper and then lacquered for a lasting finish.
25 beads per package.

Item Description Color Price To Top
BEAD-304 Brite Beads 3/16", 25 pk Black $3.50
BEAD-303 Brite Beads 5/32", 25 pk Black $3.50
BEAD-302 Brite Beads 1/8", 25 pk Black $3.50
BEAD-301 Brite Beads 3/32", 25 pk Black $3.50
BEAD-854 Brite Beads 3/16", 25 pk Copper $5.00
BEAD-853 Brite Beads 5/32", 25 pk Copper $3.50
BEAD-852 Brite Beads 1/8", 25 pk Copper $3.50
BEAD-851 Brite Beads 3/32", 25 pk Copper $3.50
BEAD-684 Brite Beads 3/16", 25 pk Gold $5.00
BEAD-683 Brite Beads 5/32", 25 pk Gold $3.50
BEAD-682 Brite Beads 1/8", 25 pk Gold $3.50
BEAD-681 Brite Beads 3/32", 25 pk Gold $3.50
BEAD-204 Brite Beads 3/16", 25 pk Nickel $3.50
BEAD-203 Brite Beads 5/32", 25 pk Nickel $3.50
BEAD-202 Brite Beads 1/8", 25 pk Nickel $3.50
BEAD-201 Brite Beads 3/32", 25 pk Nickel $3.50

Spirit River, Hot Beads
Painted, Counter Bored Brass Beads

Brilliant colored baked-on enamel coating on these beads will dress up any fly.  Fluorescent and metallic colors very popular for steelhead & salmon flies.  Pearl white beads are used for the popular snow-cone midge series of flies.

Item Description Color Price To Top
BEAD-906 Spirit River, Hot Beads, 1/4 inch Orange $6.50
BEAD-904 Spirit River, Hot Beads, 3/16" Orange $6.00
BEAD-956 Spirit River, Hot Beads, 1/4" Red $6.50
BEAD-954 Spirit River, Hot Beads, 3/16" Red $6.00
BEAD-706 Spirit River, Hot Beads, 1/4" Hot Pink $6.50
BEAD-704 Spirit River, Hot Beads, 3/16" Hot Pink $6.00
BEAD-556 Spirit River, Hot Beads, 1/4" Metallic Blue $6.50
BEAD-554 Spirit River, Hot Beads, 3/16" Metallic Blue $6.00
BEAD-456 Spirit River, Hot Beads, 1/4" Metallic Purple $6.50
BEAD-454 Spirit River, Hot Beads, 3/16" Metallic Purple $6.00
BEAD-402 Spirit River, Hot Beads, 1/8" Pearl White $5.50
BEAD-407 Spirit River, Hot Beads, 7/64" Pearl White $5.00
BEAD-401 pirit River, Hot Beads, 3/32" Pearl White $6.00

Tungsten Beads Counter Bored
Tungsten is heavier than lead without environmental concerns. These provide a whopping 50% more weight than brass beads of similar size.  Tungsten beads com in the popular colors of gold, black and copper.  Sizes to fit very small trout flies are offered.  20 beads per pack.
Item Description Color Price To Top
TUNG-683 Tungsten Beads 4mm Gold $6.50

TUNG-682 Tungsten Beads 3.2mm Gold $6.50

TUNG-6815 Tungsten Beads 2.8mm Gold $6.50

TUNG-681 Tungsten Beads 2.3mm Gold $6.50

TUNG-680 Tungsten Beads 2.0mm Gold $6.50

TUNG-303 Tungsten Beads 4mm Black $6.50

TUNG-302 Tungsten Beads 3.2mm Black $6.50

TUNG-3015 Tungsten Beads 2.8mm Black $6.50

TUNG-301 Tungsten Beads 2.3mm Black $6.50

TUNG-300 Tungsten Beads 2.0mm Black $6.50

TUNG-853 Tungsten Beads 4mm Copper $6.50

TUNG-852 Tungsten Beads 3.2mm Copper $6.50

TUNG-8515 Tungsten Beads 2.8mm Copper $6.50

TUNG-851 Tungsten Beads 2.3mm Copper $6.50

TUNG-850 Tungsten Beads 2.0mm Copper $6.50


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